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Nationals

Hi guys!

Nationals this year was so fun! Not only were all my skiing friends there (Amy Whalling and Dani Halford for their first time) but I got a PB in jump and a PB and British Record in slalom and coming second in overall!

Before the competition I hadn’t done any jump training because the ramp at JB is still being referbed which meant I haven’t been able to progress as much as I would have liked to. Despite this I still had good jumps and came in 3rd place behind Lucy Roberts and Amy Whaling.

Tricks didn’t go so well. After falling on my second trick in the preliminary on my hand run I did a prefect toe run with just one trick not scored as it was out of time putting me second place coming into the final. However in the final I fell on my first and trick and third toe trick putting me in third place in tricks as well as jump. I was devastated but had the slalom finals in the afternoon and had to put trick s behind me.

I was extremely nervous for the slalom finals after my tricks that morning and my preliminary’s hadn’t gone well as my ski released around 2 on 14 m, however only Lilli Deste had a good prelim getting a Personal Best of  0.5 at 13m which meant I was still in second place.

After Arron Davies tightened my reflex binding for my to make sure it didn’t pre-release I went out to ski. After my disastrous tricks that morning I had an amazing slalom final getting a new British Record and personal best with 3 buoys at 13m! I was extremely pleased with this and it was an amazing end to the week (although I felt I could have got further down 13).

I would like to thank the Turps for hosting the Nationals, I had a great time, and John Battleday, Jodi Fisher, Arron Davies and Joel Poland of all the training and advice.IMG_3100IMG_3103IMG_3109IMG_0265IMG_3115IMG_0261

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I Made The British Team U14!

Hi guys,

I’m so excited to have made the British Team and can’t wait to compete at Europeans with the rest of the under 14 team, Amy Whaling, Lucy Roberts and Tom Parkins. Thank you to the selectors for picking me and Danny Budd and Jay Brown for the early coaching and John Battleday, Jodi Fisher, Aron Davies and Joel Poland for the current coaching and endless support. I couldn’t do it without everyone’s help.  So happy, and so happy for my friends that made the team too.

I’ll be back soon with more updates. Now I have to train (lots).

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Hazelwood Competition

Hi Guys

At the weekend I competed at Hazelwood Ski World in a three event comp. The wind was very strong but I still got a good score in the second round at 1 @ 13m in the second round after not running 14m in the first – can’t believe I got 5.5 buoys but didn’t make it through the gates. I was pretty please with 1@13  because I’ve not slalomed trained between comps.

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In trick I got good scores but could have done a lot better. My toe runs we the best they have ever been and I scored every single one of my tricks in the tun in the second round. However my hand runs were not so good. Most of my wake tricks were flat which doesn’t normally happen and cost me a lot of points, but both my scores were over 2000 which I am very pleased about.

 

In jump I did well. In the second round I matched my PB from the Gosfield comp of 11m and got all my other scores from both rounds into 10m. All my jumps were solid and I landed all of them. I’m a long way off some of the other girls but I’m happy that I’m solid right now.

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During the comp all the selectors were watching and deciding the team which was very nerve racking but after the comp we all swam in the back lake to cool down and had loads of fun jumping in off the high decking!

Thank you to George and Flo Hazelwood for running the comp and John Battleday and Arron Davies for all the coaching.

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Jump Practice

My half term wasn’t spent revising, or relaxing in the sun. It was spent on the water learning to go over the Jump.

I have to be a ‘three eventer’ if I want to get on the British team, but it takes a lot of work, and training for three separate events takes up a  lot of time and energy, both mental and physical.

So at half term my friend Amy and I went up to Hazelwood Ski World to learn to jump together. Amy is on the squad too as well as Lucy and Tom, who ski at Hazelwood’s regularly, so it was great for all of us to be together. Hazelwood’s is famous for developing great jumpers, and has a world wide reputation for producing great skiers, so I was really happy to be able to learn from Rob Hazelwood.

We got there on the first day and the conditions were not great – raining, overcast and a bit cold! I started at 32 kph with the jump at 4 ft 6 inches. Rob held the rope at shoulder height to make the landing easier. It was the first time I’d jumped since Florida and my second ever time going over the ramp. My Mum was so nervous she could hardly watch, but I felt pretty good about it all.

 

 

Amy and I both had a really good start, landing jumps in our first sets. Over the two days we slowly increased speed and ramp height so we were jumping at competition level. We were both so happy and had a lot of fun! After we had finished jumping Amy, Lucy, Emma and I went tricking together on the back lake. It was so fun to trick with all of them and a great end to the two days.

Thank you to Jodi Fisher for lending me jump skis which are light and easy to control going over the jump. I would not be able to do this without his on going support.  And also thanks to John Battleday for nearly two years of  making me ride the skis so I could control them properly.

 

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BWSW Squad Support

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Got a great email last night. All the squad details of what’s expected of me, training wise, diet, drugs (!), social media presence…really exciting, but also really daunting because I can see how serious this is now.

My Mum has logged onto the ‘drugs’ website to check out my antihistamines and asthma puffers. The stuff I take for my stomach is okay, and the antihistamines are fine too. There’s a yellow warning on my Ventolin so we’ll head off to the doctors to make sure we really understand what dose is allowable. Oh the joys of asthma.

The big surprise was that there was some sponsorship money attached to making the squad. I’m so grateful for the help – every set costs £29 so it soon adds up. First steps to raising the money I need for my training expenses so its been a great day!